Escadaire Value Stutt Chance

Despite being a last start winner at the track Escadaire could start the value runner in tomorrow night’s Group 2 Badjar Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Prepared by Danny O’Brien at Flemington, Escadaire has won three of his six starts including an all the way success at the Valley track over 1500m where he held off Stutt rivals Anhk Morpork, Sayaprayerforme and Abdicate.

The stable have set the O’Reilly colt for the race and believe he can continue to improve into tomorrow night’s run.

“He’s a big lump of a thing but has the extra run under his belt now so can improve further into the race,” O’Brien’s racing manager Aaron Corby said.

“He has a very good rider aboard in Steven Arnold and has drawn well. He should take running down again.”

Escadaire meets the three that finished behind him better at the weights for beating them last start but beyond tomorrow’s race his campaign is unclear.

“He’s a half to Glamour Puss and will make a very nice autumn three-year-old, but still has some maturing to do. I’m not sure he’ll go on to races like the Derby but we’ll wait and see how he performs and progresses.”

Stablemate Galen, though, is on track for the VRC Derby and should improve on his first two runs from a spell.

The Galileo colt finished fourth first-up over 1400m at Flemington then third behind Danever last start over the same trip there.

“He is fitter now and will be suited the longer trip,” Corby said. “He’s been very dour and he’ll be much better as the distances get longer.”

Escadaire is a $10 chance with TAB Sportsbet while Galen is at $17.00. The favourite for the race is Churchill Downs at $2.80 ahead of Blue Lago ($5.50), Ankh Morpork ($7.50) and Magic Jet ($9.00).

Meanwhile the stable had some bad news earlier in the week when Be Delicious collapsed and died following a jump-out at Flemington trackwork.

The autopsy is yet to be returned but according to Corby the mare had trialled brilliantly then collapsed and died seconds later.

The mare had finished runner-up behind Rewaaya at her previous start and was being set for Group 1 races later in the carnival.

“She was from Waikato Stud and had a bright future not only on the track but at stud,” Corby said.

by Jason Hickson -

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